In this Encore episode, originally posted as Ep. 26, we continued the interview with Inspector Andy Lacey, from An Garda Siochana, the Garda, the national police of the Republic of Ireland.
We discussed the reforms being considered for the Garda.
We talked about mental health and the pilot being created for Crisis Intervention Teams, and the co-response of clinicians with police officers. We also talked about Covid and restrictions in Ireland.
In April 2022, a Symposium was held at the University of Limerick. There were representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Mental Health. Practitioners from the USA, Canada, Scotland, and Northern Ireland presented their approaches to dealing with the rise in Mental Health crisis calls.